Portfolio: Jenna M. Smith
Want to know more about me?
Located below you will find my biographical sketch and a link to my resume. I welcome any opportunity to discuss my passion for creativity and how it relates to my current career.
Jenna M. Smith is a master of science in creativity candidate at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State College. Currently, Jenna is employed by the Niagara County Community College Foundation working in the field of alumni relations and fundraising. Prior to her current position, she worked as the logistics coordinator for the 2008 Distance Learning and Change Leadership Program for the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State College. She has also held marketing positions at Spirit of Niagara Tours, a group tourism operator. Recently, Jenna launched a creative problem-solving consulting business called Jennaration Creative where she hopes to combine philanthropic values with creativity and innovation concepts for problem-solving purposes. Jenna also focuses much of her work on integrating creative teaching and learning in the higher education setting. Jenna holds a bachelor’s degree in public communication with a minor in creative studies as well as a certification in the FourSight thinking preference assessment tool. In addition, she is the 2010 recipient of the Parnes Noller Scholarship through the International Center for Studies in Creativity. Smith can be reached by phone at 716.804.1418 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Certifications, Awards & Honors
Certified Advanced FourSight User, Zonta Club of Niagara Falls 2010 Scholarship Winner, Parnes-Noller 2010 Scholarship Winner, Commendation Award for Academic Excellence, Outstanding Service-Learning Course Award, Alpha Beta Gamma Honor Society and Rho Psi Lambda Phi Eta Honor Society.
Building a Jennarational Foundation
Videos and books which have helped me build a foundation for my current and future learning involving my "what ifs." I highly reccommend reading, listening to or watching the following items:
Located below are some of my favorite books:
What's my focus?
Higher education is this wonderful mix of structured intellectuals and idea people which makes me feel at home. My speciality is in higher education within fundraising, special events and alumni relations fuctions but I have also worked in the marketing and public relations capacity within tourism and non-profit organizations.
My specific curiosity within the field of creativiy focuses on the work of E. Paul Torrance the "father of creativity," creative problem-solving and the integration of creativity and innovation concepts for philanthropic purposes.
To sum it up, my passion involves:
- The Torrance Incubation Model for Creative Teaching and Learning
- The Beyonder Skill Set developed by E. Paul Torrance
- The Facilitation of the Creative Problem-Solving Process
- Non-profit organizational creativity
How I plan to practice my passion?
I created the consulting business Jennaration Creativity to spread my creative knowledge while helping those in need. I am a firm believer in giving back to our community whether it through volunteer time, monetary donations or spreading my creative knowledge...I want to help. I hope to use my business to help ignite creativity in non-profit organizations, educational systems around the world and in my hometown of Niagara Falls, New York.
Tuning in to Jennaration Creative
Stay tuned...On August 23, 2011 presented my current work involving creative teaching and learning via the social platform at the Niagara Educational Teacher's Technology conference at Niagara County Community College. Click the link below or copy and paste into your browser to get a sneak peek to my presentation...